• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Choose two parts of The Woman in Black which you think are frightening. How does Susan Hill make them frightening to the reader?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Choose two parts of The Woman in Black which you think are frightening. How does Susan Hill make them frightening to the reader? (30 marks) Fear is a central theme in Hill's ghost story and there are several episodes which illustrate this. The two most poignant and frightening are the death of Kipps' baby son and the night after Kipps is allowed into the nursery at Eel Marsh House. These are very different episodes because in fact nothing happens in the latter other than Kipps is woken by the storm and hears 'the familiar cry of desperation and anguish, a cry for help from a child somewhere out on the marsh' which he knows has no foundation in reality. Yet in the episode at the end of his account his baby son is killed. In the first episode Kipps is awoken by the storm. Hill uses a simile to describe his immediate feelings of danger and uncertainty: 'The house felt like a ship at sea, battered by the gale that came roaring across the open marsh.' The words 'battered' 'roaring' and 'open' emphasise Kipps' vulnerability and exposure to the elements. ...read more.

Middle

Eventually Kipps' fear subsides as he sits on the floor and cuddles Spider, he feels calmer although the wind howls around him and the sound of the child plays over and over in his brain. At this point the tension is relieved. Susan Hill slows down the pace of the narrative by including fine detail. Kipps eventually gets up and lights a candle. In the candlelight he begins to recover as he rationalises that he was paralysed by his fear. Hill cleverly points out the ways in which this episode could have ended by presenting Kipps' own thoughts about human reactions. He believes that when pushed to the limits, a man cannot maintain a state of heightened emotion. He either runs away and goes mad or gradually comes to his senses and restores his normal state of mind. In this way Hill enters the story using Kipps to express her own views and this serves to relax the tension and is a clever way of using anti-climax. After this nothing happened. There were no other strange and dreadful happenings that night and as Kipps lies in bed his fear is replaced by 'an overwhelming grief and sadness'. ...read more.

Conclusion

The tension is broken when Stella and the baby come into sight. The baby is 'waving his little arms in delight'. Then almost in slow motion the woman in black reveals herself from behind a tree, the horse bolts and careers through the glade and hits 'a huge tree trunk', the baby is thrown clear (relief) against another tree.The irony here is sickening. Kipps can no longer continue with the story. Seven lines later he ends it with the word 'Enough'. The fear in the first episode is much more sustained and created in a very traditional way using pathetic fallacy, fine detail and strong emotive vocabulary. In contrast the episode where the baby is killed is shocking and horrific. The fear doesn't go away. The reader is left to decide which path this man Kipps followed after this. Did he run away and go mad? Or did he gradually come to his senses and resume a normal life? The story has come a full circle. We know that it took Kipps 13 years to recover to some state of normality but it could be argued that he is still haunted by the terrible memories and that is why in an effort to purge his life of fear he felt compelled to write his story. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Susan Hill section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Susan Hill essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    How does Susan Hill use Gothic techniques to create tension and horror in the ...

    5 star(s)

    Furthermore, Susan Hill continues to use short sentences to illustrate the following events which occur due to the noise: 'The door was now standing open. Wide open.' Suspense is built due to the fact that the pace is fast, yet unsteady.

  2. The Woman In Black ...

    'In the way only such chair will continue to rock for a time after someone ahs just got out of it.

  1. Is 'The Woman in Black' a successful ghost story? - Susan Hill believes that ...

    The contrast heightens the atmosphere. Susan Hill then uses metaphors to help the sense of place and heighten the atmosphere, '...snake-necked bird came gliding back towards the ruins, and I saw that its beak was hooked around a fish that writhed...'

  2. What makes Susan Hill's novel The Woman in Black so engaging in her atmospheric ...

    Daily. This is the same with Arthur. "But surely, well, children sometimes die....I do not doubt, Mr. Daily." (Chapter 11)

  1. The King of the Castle Character Assessment Joseph Hooper.

    though without making any sound and he tried to swallow hard to stop himself, but he couldn't. There was nothing that he would say, because there was no one to say it to. This shows that he is a very clinical character and keeps things bottled up, he suffers in

  2. Looking in detail at ‘The Woman in Black’explore how Susan Hill builds and sustains ...

    Before Mr Kipps goes back inside Susan Hill writes about how today the air reminds him of the past. "There was something in the air that night, something, I suppose, remembered from my own childhood." This gives another clue to the reader on what might happen later on in the novel.

  1. The Mad, Drunk man Incident.

    I was petrified. I closed my eyes and prayed for him to disappear. Luckily for me he did. When I opened my eyes he had gone. Back over to the pub I presumed. After a few minutes we went back over to the shore to make sure that he had gone.

  2. How does Susan Hill evoke feelings of anxiety and fear in the reader?

    As she has used other conventions of novels, readers who have read these books would be interested to see how she has put her own ideas forward and how she has incorporated ideas from other novels into her own. Susan Hill creates tension and anxiety in many different ways; the

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work